DESIGN AND EMBELLISHMENT TIP Easy Steps to Fringing Fabric
When you want to unravel a project edge to make a self-fringe, these steps will ensure the edge is stable.
1. Determine the depth desired for the fringe. Measure and mark that distance from the cut edge of your fabric. Using a narrow zigzag stitch, sew along the marked line. If the fabric is loosely woven, fuse a strip of interfacing to the wrong side, just above the marked line, before you sew the zigzag.
2. To fringe, start at the cut edge and, one at a time, pull away the yarns parallel to stitched line. Use a pin to gently separate the yarns. Stop when you reach the stitched line.
To fringe an outside corner, first stabilize the top of the fringe on both sides of the corner (use a continuous zigzag stitch and pivot at the corner). Starting at the cut edge, remove yarns on one side of the corner to the zigzag stitch, then remove yarns on the other side of the corner.
To fringe an inside corner, first stabilize the top of the fringe on both sides of the corner (use a continuous zigzag stitch and pivot at the corner). Pull a yarn on one cut edge, stopping at the inside corner, then pull a yarn from the other edge, as shown. Continue pulling yarns on alternating edges; stop at the zigzag stitch. Trim the accumulated yarns at the inside corner to the same length as the fringe.
-- Connie Long
Adapted from "Fringe Benefits," Threads magazine, August/September 2003 (#108).